When families, schools and communities take the view that children and youth are valued and respected assets to society, they necessarily support environments that nurture youth development. Children raised to embrace positive social values, to seek self-understanding, and to value their self-worth grow to become community-minded young adults with a sense of belonging and a belief in their resiliency.

Local Snapshot

On the whole, Greater New Haven is a place of great opportunity for children and youth. Outcomes vary, however, depending on where the child lives.

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Focusing on the Positive ›


Youth-serving organizations and clubs in Greater New Haven deliver programs that follow a model of positive youth development.

Starting off right with early childhood education ›


Before they enter kindergarten, children have already developed many of the basic brain connections that impact their ability to learn.

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Programs supported by The Community Foundation nurture the academic and social development of children and youth through after school or out of school programming.

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